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Stay Cool with Tips from County

Because of the oppressive weather, the Fairfax County government is offering these tips to help beat the heat....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 9, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 3/25: Huntington Still Ineligible for Flood Dollars, Other Areas Qualify

Updated 3/25 Under the Army Corps of Engineers calculus, Huntington remains ineligible for aid, but other nearby neighborhoods qualify leading some Huntington residents to ponder the rationale for determining which neighborhoods are worth protecting. The news is here. Updated 11/20 According to a story in today's Metro section, the county will have to look elsewhere than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for money for measures to prevent a recurrence of the Huntington flooding; the project won't qualify for federal funding. Originally posted 6/25 As the victims of the damaging flood waters that hit Huntington one year ago today celebrate their neighborhood's comeback, some wonder when the disaster may repeat itself, even as local leaders ponder how to prevent such an occurrence. A flood wall along Cameron Run may help, but is expensive. Dredging the stream is another potential solution and less expensive, but needs to be repeated periodically. And...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 25, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Ice Plays Havoc on Springfield Interchange

Icy roads at the Springfield Interchange during Tuesday's evening rush hour led to snarled traffic and accidents like this one on the Franconia road overpass next to Springfield Mall. (JOHN MCDONNELL - THE WASHINGTON POST) Of all the areas where traffic was affected by Tuesday's winter storm, none was more so than the Springfield Interchange where there were numerous accidents and traffic was at a virtual standstill for hours. Read this article from today's Metro section. Were you stuck in the traffic? Share your stories and impressions of the situation. If this problem can be prevented from happening again for half a million dollars, will it be money well spent?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 14, 2008; 10:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

Evening School Activities Cancelled

From Fairfax County Public Schools: All Fairfax County public school activities for this evening are canceled, including extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, team practices, field trips, adult and community education classes, and recreation programs in schools. SACC centers remain open until 6:15 p.m. For complete details, visit www.fcps.edu or call 1-800-839-3277....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 5, 2007; 02:24 PM ET | Email a Comment

Dry, But No Drought in Fairfax County

After and extraordinarily dry summer followed by heavy rains in October, water supplies vary greatly in the Washington region. In Fairfax County, which draws it's water primarily from the Potomac, all looks well. But in Fairfax City and other spots, officials are taking precautions. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 8, 2007; 10:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Breaking Schools News: Schools To Close Early Today Because of High Winds

The details are at the Fairfax County Public Schools website....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 16, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Schools Closing Early

Because the winter storm, Fairfax County Schools will close two hours early today. Details are here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 13, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: 1/16 More Information on Causes of Huntington Flood

Updated 1/16 This article from yesterday's Metro section provides some more information on what led to the flooding. Originally posted 1/12 Sediment produced by construction projects and deposited in Cameron Run by decades of storm runoff was the primary culprit in the flooding that caused an estimated $10 million dollars in damage to homes in the Huntington neighborhood last June. Today's Metro section has the news on a study of the disaster by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 12, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Email a Comment

No Snow Means Big Savings for Roadwork

It may be bad news for skiers but the lack of wintry weather could be great for VDOT's coffers. The agency budgeted $82 million for snow removal this winter which, so far, it hasn't needed to tap. Read about the how the lack of snowfall may lead to a windfall, here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 11, 2007; 02:25 PM ET | Email a Comment

Area Development Leads To Flooding of McLean House

At Carolyn Arafat's house on Meadowbrook Ave. in McLean, intensive "infill" development in the neighborhood is being blamed as the primary culprit for the regular flooding the family has experienced inside their house recently. Today's Fairfax Extra tells the tale....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 14, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 9/22: Huntington Flood Prevention 5-7 Years Away?

Updated 9/22 From today's Metro section: Flood-Control Timetable Rejected The Fairfax County Supervisor who represents the Huntington community stricken by flooding last June said yesterday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' estimate of five to seven years to build a protective wall or other measures to keep out high water was "not acceptable." "They don't know what they're talking about," said Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon). Hyland said it made no sense for the Corps to set a timetable until it knew exactly what kind of flood control was needed. The Corps' report on the cause of the June 25-26 flooding, which damaged more than 300 homes and caused losses estimated at $10 million, is due in December. The estimate was mentioned in a July e-mail from the Corps to the county's public works department. Hyland said that neither he, the board nor County Executive Anthony H. Griffin...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2006; 09:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Storm Emergency Declared; Be Careful

The state is under an emergency declaration as it waits for heavy rains from tropical storm Ernesto predicted to fall at least through the night and perhaps into tomorrow. Winds will increase during the day. Be careful; do not try to drive through standing water; exercise caution. Read about the declaration here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 1, 2006; 07:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/14: FEMA Denies Fairfax Flood Aid

Updated 8/14 From Saturday's Metro section: FEMA Again Denies Aid Virginia officials announced yesterday that the state has lost its appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for flood aid to 13 communities that suffered storm damage in late June. Without explanation, FEMA denied Virginia's appeal of the agency's decision last month turning down emergency aid the state had requested for the communities, including Fairfax and Arlington counties and the city of Alexandria. The state had hoped FEMA would grant low-interest loans, cash grants, unemployment assistance and temporary housing to residents whose homes were flooded, including 150 in the Huntington neighborhood of Fairfax that suffered severe damage. Local officials and members of Virginia's congressional delegation were furious that the aid was denied, and they wrote letters to FEMA in protest as Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced the appeal last week. Yesterday, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), whose...

 

By | August 14, 2006; 10:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tips To Beat The Heat

Fairfax County is offering these tips to stay cool as the area faces a heat emergency over the next few days....

 

By | August 1, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Email a Comment

Studies Warned of Huntington Floods; Urged Protection

Cranes and garbage trucks pick up trash taken from a house as residents and volunteers work to clean in Huntington after flood waters ravaged the neighborhood in June. (Mark Gong) Studies conducted in 1977 and 1982 both concluded that flood protection measures were appropriate for the Huntington neighborhood that suffered $10 million in damages during the heavy rains last month. But studies were ignored and no action was taken. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By | July 24, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Aftermath of Flooding Includes Mold, Mildew and Fungi

Today's Fairfax Extra reports County tips on how to rid homes of mold after the floodwaters. The tip sheet includes avoiding use of heating units in closed areas because that can contribute to the spread of mold spores....

 

By | June 29, 2006; 11:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Huntington Area Hit Hard by Flooding

Rising water and raw sewage has damaged more than half the 311 homes in the Huntington area of Fairfax County and will keep residents displaced until repairs can be made. Today's Metro section gives a glimpse of what the past few days have been like for the Grimes family and the uphill climb they face. Rodney Grimes and his family, who lived on Fenwick Drive, spent yesterday morning picking through what remained of their salvageable belongings....

 

By | June 28, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

Relief for Storm Victims; Information Offered.

More rain failling today and tonight. Be safe. Information on emergency preparedness is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/ or through county's office of public affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. And with all of this moisture and the promise of more to come, the county has issued a press release with helpful information about mold, mildew and fungi. Fairfax and the Red Cross will open an emergency shelter from noon to 8 p.m. today at Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Rd., Alexandria for residents of the Arlington Terrace section of the county who have been evacuated because of localized flooding. Those affected by flooding should seek higher ground or go to the shelter using exits 12 and 14 at the school. Animals are accepted. Residents should not return home until the county has inspected homes and given the OK. Residents can call 703-817-7771 for updates in English and Spanish....

 

By | June 26, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Libraries: Don't Drop Kids Here On Snow Days

The county library system is asking parents to make alternative plans for child care during snowy weather when schools are closed. Dropping off children at libraries is not an option, library officials say. "Unfortunately, some parents have left small children alone at the library on snow days," library director Edwin S. Clay III said in a statement. "This is inappropriate, because librarians are not child-care providers." According to the county Department of Family Services' child supervision guidelines, "Children who are 7 years old or younger should not be left alone for any period of time." var technorati = new Technorati() ; technorati.setProperty('url','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/14/AR2005121400892_Technorati.html') ; technorati.article = new item('in brief','http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/14/AR2005121400892.html','Fairfax Water will hold a hearing at 6:30 p.m. tonight to discuss a proposed 5-cent increase in the water rate beginning April 1.','') ; document.write( technorati.getDisplaySidebar() );...

 

By | December 15, 2005; 02:37 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Schools Closing Early Today

Because of today's winter weather Fairfax County schools  will close two hours early. From the schools' website: December 15     All Fairfax County public schools will close two hours early today, Thursday,     Dec. 15.   Afternoon (half-day) kindergarten is canceled. Morning   (half-day) kindergarten students will be provided lunch at no cost and will   be released with other students. Morning kindergarten students who were bused   to school will be bused home with other students. Kindergarten students living   within the normal walking boundary will not be bused. Morning preschool (special   education) and Family and Early Childhood Education (Head Start) classes are   dismissed at approximately 11 a.m. Full-day preschool (special education) and   Family and Early Childhood Education (Head Start) classes are dismissed two   hours earlier than the usual time. Afternoon preschool (special education)   and double session Family and Early Childhood Education...

 

By | December 15, 2005; 10:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

After School Activities Cancelled Today Due to Snow Forecast

This bulletin has been issued by Fairfax County Public Schools: All Fairfax County public school after-school and evening activities are canceled today (12/5/05), including extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, team practices,field trips, adult and community education classes, and recreation programs in schools and on school grounds. School-age child care (SACC) centers will stay open until the normal closing time, 6:15 p.m. All schools will close on the normal schedule for today....

 

By | December 5, 2005; 12:57 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Search and Rescue Unit Dispatched to Hurricane Ophelia

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's Urban Search and Rescue team received an activation order from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Tuesday to assist with Hurricane Ophelia. Virginia Task Force 1 has been activated as a Type I task force, consisting of approximately 80 members specializing in six functional areas: search, rescue, medical, hazardous materials, logistics, and planning. The task force will be holding at their home station pending deployment instructions from FEMA officials....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 12, 2005; 03:53 PM ET | Email a Comment

 

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